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There is no doubt that young Jason Pagara (26-1, 15 KOs) will rule the world stage in the near future. The reigning WBO Asia Pacific Youth light welterweight titlist is far from his prime yet he easily dominates his opposition with his raw attributes. If refined, Pagara will definitely evolve from a crude puncher to a sophisticated prizefighter. And that can either be an amazing dream or a frightening nightmare, depending on which corner are you on.

But that is yet to come. For now, he will figure in what can be a very entertaining fight that would renew the Philippines-Mexico ring rivalry.

Jason Pagara can be the next best thing after the next best thing in Philippine boxing.

Scheduled to fight Mexico’s Juan Carlos Gallegos (16-4, 10 KOs) on June 11th, Pagara has momentum on his side. Like a juggernaut plowing and blitzing through its poor victims, the young kid from Cagayan de Oro City is expected to break his Mexican opponent. Coming off a string of five straight victories by stoppage inside two rounds, one cannot help but believe that Pagara is destined for higher heights.

A boxer gifted with ringcraft and the exuberance of youth, Pagara in fluid, pugilistic action is a sight to behold. More so every single time he launches that powerful double left hook.

There is a big reason why powerhouse promotional outfit Top Rank has kept its keen and observing eyes on the young Filipino fighter. And come fight night, Pagara will attempt to validate such hype and faith and belief.

A juggernaut in the making? He already is. It is only a matter of time before Pagara breaks through and carve his name in the boxing circles. Just a matter of time.

That said, one cannot discount the warrior spirit of a Mexican prizefighter. Gallegos has so much to win and a victory over Pagara will certainly increase his stock value within the boxing circuits. Gallegos won four straight matches before losing via a 6th-round TKO in his recent outing last March. But defeat, as the old adage says, can make a man more determined and hungrier. And a Mexican hungry for victory and redemption is no means a piece of cake.

Especially if that Mexican is fighting a Filipino.

Pinoy Pride 6 will be held on 6PM, June 11th, 2011 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Philippines.

Photo credits: Taken from Jason Pagara’s Facebook account

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.